Godzilla (2014) – Movie Trailer

The world’s most famous monster is pitted against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence. Directed by Gareth Edwards and starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Godzilla opens on May 16, 2014.

Rock of Ages (2012) Trailer

Rock of Ages is a musical drama about a small town girl and a city boy meet on the Sunset Strip, while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. Directed by Adam Shankman and starring Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Tom Cruise, Malin Akerman, Bryan Cranston, Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Rock of Ages opens on June 15, 2012.

Total Recall (2012) Trailer

Total Recall is a sci-fi film based on the 1990 film. In Total Recall, Euroamerica (formerly North America and the European Union) and New Shanghai (formerly China and South East Asia) fight for political power in the far dystopian future in the year 2084. A simple factory worker suffering from violent nightmares (Colin Farrell) begins to suspect that he’s a spy whose memory and personality were erased and replaced — though he is unaware which side of the fight he’s on and how important his lost memories will be in its outcome. What matters to him the most is that he must team up with a young female freedom fighter (Jessica Biel) in order for both of them to change the political system in their own country, Euroamerica, which is currently controlled by Euroamerican President Vilos Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston) and his government that rules with extreme austerity. Directed by Len Wiseman and starring Colin Farrell, Jessica Biel, Kate Beckinsale, Bill Nighy, Bryan Cranston, John Cho, Total Recall opens on August 3, 2012.

John Carter (2012) – Movie Review

John Carter is an action adventure fantasy film largely based on A Princess of Mars, the first novel of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ 11-volume Barsoom series. The film is directed by Pixar’s Andrew Stanton who directed Finding Nemo and WALL-E.

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Lynn Collins and Taylor Kitsch in "John Carter"
Lynn Collins and Taylor Kitsch in "John Carter"

The film begins with a war between Helium and Zodanga on the planet Barsoom. When Helium has almost defeated Zodanga, Matai Shang (Mark Strong) leader of Holy Therns is sent by the Goddess to give Sab Than (Dominic West) an advanced weapon with infinite power which overwhelms his opponents.

Back on Earth, John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) is a former American Civil War captain who during his search for gold in a cave in Arizona finds himself mysteriously transported to Barsoom and inadvertently interfere with the feud between Helium and Zodanga.

John Carter is no Jonah Hex or Prince of Persian wielded with weapon that has superpower, but in the Planet of Barsoom which John Carter later learns is actually Planet Mars, John Carter can actually jump over 100 feet and has incredible agility mainly due to the gravity on Mars. Who could have thought of that?

In the middle of all that, Barsoom is inhabited by the Tharks tribe — tall, four-hands E.T.-like creatures complete with tusks. Although, the Tharks hopes to cash in on eliminating both Helium and Zodanga, wishing they would fight to death, they play quite a vital role in assisting the final outcome of the war.

When Helium is almost defeated, Tardos Mors (Ciarán Hinds) the Jeddak of Helium surrenders by allowing Sab Than to marry his daughter Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins), Princess of Helium, until of course John Carter interferes.

While the film brings on similarity from many films from the Prince of Persia to Battlefield Earth, Star Wars to Avatar, and at some point, even Gladiator, you can’t really fault Andrew Stanton for his first live-action film as his bring his screen adaption from animation to live-action and he did it incredibly well.

Overall, John Carter may not be perfect with loopholes here and there and it certainly does not make any sense, but I’m certainly looking forward a possible sequel as the film is entertaining and at times, too surreal I wish I were at Barsoom instead of Jarsoom, um, Earth.

  • 7 out of 10
  • Fun, harmless, entertaining film that combines Star Wars, Avatar, Prince of Persia and the likes
  • No

Larry Crowne (2011) Trailer

Larry Crowne is a comedy centers on a middle-aged man who reinvents himself by going back to college. Directed by Tom Hanks, Larry Crowne stars Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Bryan Cranston. The film opens on July 1, 2011.